When your pursuits aren’t aligned with your purpose, you’ll get frustrated and exhausted.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t seasons of preparation, of waiting, or of doing something else temporarily until you can find the freedom to pursue what you’re really passionate about.
It just means that you need to think and plan and invest your energy into things that prepare you for the fulfillment of God’s purpose for you.
I believe there are two realms of purpose into which God leads us. The first is his normative, universal purpose for all of his children. This would include coming to know Jesus, growing deeper in your faith, serving others, showing love, sharing your life message, and being part of the global expansion of God’s kingdom in your world.
There are activities that align with God’s universal purposes for his people, like spending a lot of time in his presence, gathering with a body of fellow believers, discovering and using your spiritual gifts, giving and practicing generosity, and more.
And then there is God’s individual and uniquely personal purpose for your life and no one else’s. It’s really about the application of God’s greater purposes in your context.
God wants every believer to serve others, but he’s uniquely shaped you to do so in a way that may not be true of others around you. God wants every believer to develop generosity, but he may direct your heart toward causes that the people around you don’t share in common.
Scan the pages of scripture and you’ll see God repeatedly helping people to align their pursuits and priorities with his personal assignments and purposes for their lives. And God didn’t stop doing this when the biblical period of history ended. He’s alive, awake, and working today!
The big question is, are you dreaming, praying, planning, studying, preparing, and working toward God’s uniquely personal purpose for your life? Anything else is settling for the status quo.
I’ve been in a season of realignment for the past six months or so, and it’s required pruning some activities out and grafting others in. It’s taken me back to the pages of scripture in search of wisdom and direction. And it’s renewed my passion for the calling God placed on my life twenty-five years ago, to pastor and shepherd people.
I believe God has called me to nurture faith in others, especially the broken among us who are finding their way home in Jesus, so I’ve recently launched a free daily devotional that gets published here on my site and via email. I’m also determined to write my next book in the next year and Angie and I, together, are planning on sharing way more about marriage and family issues.